We’ve recently heard that San Diego family court Judge Edward Allard III, department F9 at the Sixth Avenue courthouse, has been racking up a growing pile of complaints. While this is no different than many of the abusive and corrupt family law judges in San Diego, there are reports that he’s about to be moved out of department F9 over his unwillingness to be a reasonable judge. Rumors are that he will shortly be removed from the family law bench and possibly moved to some form of “purgatory for judges.” Video criminal arraignments were mentioned as one possibility.
We’re a bit skeptical of the rationale for Judge Lorna Alksne removing him from family law courts. If she were to apply the same reasoning to other judges in her oversight, she and many others would be joining Allard in purgatory. Perhaps it is simply a way for Alksne to play sleight of hand and blame others for the abusive, corrupt, and destructive practices of many of the judges under her supervision.
We don’t have details on particular cases of misconduct, but note that Allard’s RateTheCourts.com  ratings look poor. Out of 29 surveys completed, he’s earned an F (0.29) rating. A representative comment is this one:
This judge is incapable of being impartial. Change judges if you have the chance before it’s too late. He does not have the ability to get any thing done in a timely manner. He could care less if your case drags on forever. He clearly has anger issues and blows up easily in court. My entire family witnessed this first hand. I would give more specific examples, but I’m actually afraid of him and how he might abuse his power to retaliate against me.
Among the more favorable comments on him was this:
I love judge Allard he made me feel good in court and winked at me and reassured me that I will win my case. He blasted my husband and made him so little and then stepped on him like a bug. My husband is such a loser and a wimp I don’t know why I married him and to see him cry in front of the judge was pathetic. It made me sick. I just can’t stand weak men and he deserved the restraining order because he wouldn’t listen to me and make more money. I feel great I got all the money when my husband was in jail and he can’t go back to the house ever thanks to judge Allard so I will be selling all my husbands stuff in a garage sale and will get more money. Judge Allard thanks for your love and support for all women. I am glad your staff called me to make sure I was all right. I would really want to go out with a real man like you. Denise XOXOXOXOXO
As for a replacement, speculation is that newly appointed Judge Margo Lewis may be taking over department F9.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Margo L. Lewis to a judgeship in the San Diego County Superior Court.
Lewis, 43, of San Diego, has served as a partner for Moore, Lewis, Schulman & Moore since 2000. Previously, she was an attorney and partner for Lewis & Schulman from 1997 to 2000. Lewis served the San Diego Community College District as an adjunct faculty member for the Legal Assistant Program in Family Law in 1995. She was a sole practitioner from 1995 to 1997 and a partner at Galam, Lewis & Pope from 1994 to 1995 and Galam, Hurt, Lewis & Pope from 1993 to 1994. Lewis earned a Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She fills the vacancy created by the disability retirement of Judge John L. Davidson. Lewis is a Republican.
The compensation for this position is $178,789.
As usual, we’d welcome your insights on Judge Allard, Judge Lewis, or any of the other San Diego family law judges or divorce industry players.
If you’re afraid to comment on your experience with an abusive judge or government official due to the likelihood of retaliation, we do accept anonymous comments. You can make them truly anonymous to the point that we and our service providers will not have your IP address on record by using anonymizing web proxies or anonymizing networks such as Tor.
Our article Tamworth, NH Shows Why You Should Stay Anonymous  provides some examples of why it’s often best to stay anonymous when criticizing abusive government officials. In that case, a critic of the town government found himself with a $4 million property tax assessment as punishment for expressing his views. When criticizing a family law judge, your children and their future are at risk because many of these judges will persecute a parent and harm children when it suits their own personal agendas.
The article Exercising Your Free Speech Rights Despite Government Harassment  explains how you can use technological tools to preserve your anonymity while sharing your thoughts with the world. If you’re careful to follow the guidelines and use the tools mentioned properly, you can view and comment on websites or even publish your own blog without revealing your identity, even if the local tyrants in your area decide to subpoena the records of web hosting and Internet service providers in an attempt to identify and suppress your criticism.